October 6, 2014
w/ Megan McKenzie, PAR72Yoga
Hip mobility is critical to an efficient, effective, and repeatable golf swing. Our bodies move in three planes -front to back (sagittal), side to side (frontal), and rotational (transverse) - and our hips need to function well in all three planes to create a stable platform from which to begin and finish the golf swing. In Part 1, Shoulder turn, we talked about shoulder-hip dissociation. The greater the separation between the hips and the shoulders, the more distance the clubhead has to travel, resulting in more energy transferred to the ball at impact. Common swing flaws resulting from a lack of hip mobility include swaying and lifting up. Your hips drive rotation and power, and these exercises will help you improve internal and external rotation of the hips, release tension in the hip flexors, and open the hip joints in both extension and flexion.
More rotation = greater swing arc = greater club head speed
= more distance!
If you find yourself in the 60% of golfers who suffer from
low back pain, this first exercise can be used as a warm-up and cool down to
reduce the chance of injury and improve range of…
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